Talking Money with Tom, the Frugal Gay

We’re convinced that when people share their money stories and dive into the emotional side of personal finance that’s a good thing. And that’s why we started our Talking Money series, to make room for others to share their stories. We’re all...

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Early Retired Life – 08.22 – Colorado Roadtrip

This month, we took a Colorado roadtrip to Denver to visit family.  We spent two nights on the road each way instead of one – we like to drive no more than 6 hours or so a day. We spent a total of 12 nights … The post Early Retired Life &#82...

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Collections of Collections

coin collection

One of my favorite things about collecting coins is that they all have their very own personal history. First, in regard to their original minting...

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2022 Mid Year Dragon Update: Goals and Expenses

Earlier this year we published our 2022 goals for the year and our 2022 expense budget.  Now it’s time for our mid-year review of both our goals and our finances!   2022 DRAGON GOALS UPDATE Using the stop light as our inspiration, we’ve used a col...

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Granada, Spain and the Alhambra

In March 2022, we took our first international trip since the pandemic began.  We flew into Madrid, Spain and visited five Spanish cities over a three week timeframe: Granada, Sevilla, Cordoba (day trip), Toledo, and Madrid. I will be breaking our trip...

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Hey! Wanna Stay in Portugal for a Month for Free?

We got an exciting message from some FIRE friends who moved from the USA to Portugal this year. Their message came out of the blue in WhatsApp asking if we’d be open to pet and house sitting in Lisbon! Alison and I read that first message and the...

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Early Retired Life – 07.22 – Learning Together

We were home for the entire month of July.  The crazy hot temperatures have worn us down.  Thankfully we have been able to enjoy our neighborhood swimming pool a few times a week.  In July we kept busy by learning together through different projects. T...

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My Fifth Year of Early Retirement

I’ve reached my fifth year in early retirement! I continue to be incredibly grateful that I discovered the FIRE movement in February 2017 and was able to retire that same year. We’d been saving consistently for almost 20 years of our career...

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TikTok Tax Advice

There’s tax advice available on TikTok. Is it worth following? Does it miss the big picture? Retirement Saving Through Various Forms of Life Insurance TikTok tax advice often boils down to something like the following: don’t save in traditional retirem...

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Journal Club 07-08-22

Here's Journal Club 07-08-22! Every week, I hold a JOURNAL CLUB. After filtering through the articles on the web, I present a few that impacted my life this week. Be safe and stay well!     Every individual pursuing financial independence typically needs a plan for their accumulation phase and, later, the withdrawal phase. And […]

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Early Retired Life – 06.22 – Back Home

We’re home for the next two months. We Dragons have traveled a lot since March, and it’s good to take a break, especially since air travel seems to be dealing with lots of delays. Despite being home, we still have plenty of activities to ke...

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Bookworm Chronicles – Q2 2022

Every quarter we summarize our favorite reads in our Bookworm Chronicle series. Since we retired, we read whatever we want, whenever we want.  Before the pandemic, about fifty percent of Dragon Gal’s reads were non-fiction. At the beginning of th...

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Big Bend National Park Road Trip

In January 2022 we did a road trip to West Texas and visited Big Bend National Park and Ft Davis, TX. We’ve always wanted to go to Big Bend but lodging has been a challenge.  The park is huge — larger than the state of Rhode … Th...

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